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    Nike Air Max 97

    Nike Air Max 97

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    The shoe inspired by a droplet of falling water that sent a ripple through sneaker history.

    Nike Air Max 97 DJ0717-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • DJ0717-001
    • $104
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-104
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-104
    • $116
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-027
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-027
    • $81
    Nike Air Max 97 921826-101
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921826-101
    • $110
    Nike Air Max 97 921826-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921826-001
    • $128
    Nike Air Max 97 921733-006
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921733-006
    • $83
    Nike Air Max 97 DH1083-002
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • DH1083-002
    • $121
    Nike Air Max 97 DH1083-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • DH1083-001
    • $144
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-011
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-011
    • $108
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-001
    • $94,99
    Nike Air Max 97 G CI7538-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 G
    • CI7538-001
    • $210
    Nike Air Max 97 921826-015
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921826-015
    • $135
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-108
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-108
    • $89
    Nike Air Max 97 SE  DN1893-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 SE
    • DN1893-001
    • $121
    Nike Air Max 97 DH4092-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • DH4092-001
    • $178
    Nike Air Max 97 DB4611-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • DB4611-001
    • $120
    Nike Air Max 97 SE DB0246-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 SE
    • DB0246-001
    • $110
    Nike Air Max 97 EOI  DA8857-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 EOI
    • DA8857-001
    • $106
    Nike Air Max 97 SE CZ5607-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 SE
    • CZ5607-100
    • $140
    Nike Air Max 97 G NRG CK1220-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 G NRG
    • CK1220-100
    • $275
    Nike Air Max 97 G NRG CK1219-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 G NRG
    • CK1219-100
    • $223
    Nike Air Max 97 BQ4567-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • BQ4567-001
    • $133
    Nike Air Max 97 AR4259-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • AR4259-001
    • $181
    Nike Air Max 97 921826-014
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921826-014
    • $189
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-500
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-500
    • $109
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-200
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-200
    • $120
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-107
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-107
    • $80
    Nike Air Max 97 DM3158-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • DM3158-100
    • $102
    Nike Air Max 97 DJ6885-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • DJ6885-001
    • $160
    Nike Air Max 97 G NRG DH1313-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 G NRG
    • DH1313-001
    • $165
    Nike Air Max 97 EOI DD2002-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 EOI
    • DD2002-001
    • $88
    Nike Air Max 97 DC2190-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • DC2190-001
    • $125
    Nike Air Max 97 G NRG  DB4698-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 G NRG
    • DB4698-001
    • $179
    Nike Air Max 97 DB4611-002
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • DB4611-002
    • $116
    Nike Air Max 97 G CI7538-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 G
    • CI7538-100
    • $197
    Nike Air Max 97 G CI7538-002
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 G
    • CI7538-002
    • $204
    Nike Air Max 97 OG  AV4149-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 OG
    • AV4149-001
    • $122
    Nike Air Max 97 921733-602
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921733-602
    • $129
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-028
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-028
    • $109
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-025
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-025
    • $105
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-023
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-023
    • $109
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-021
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-021
    • $104
    Nike Air Max 97 SE DN4381-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 SE
    • DN4381-001
    • $170
    Nike Air Max 97 DH4105-100
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • DH4105-100
    • $220
    Nike Air Max 97 G NRG CK1220-400
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 G NRG
    • CK1220-400
    • $149
    Nike Air Max 97 G NRG  CK1219-001
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97 G NRG
    • CK1219-001
    • $195
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-109
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-109
    • $160
    Nike Air Max 97 921522-018
    • Nike
    • Air Max 97
    • 921522-018
    • $147

    Air Max 97

    In the late nineties, the economy, sports, and fashion were all booming. Continuing on from the precedent set by the AM95s, Christian Tresser’s Nike Air Max 97 design brought extra flair, introducing the world’s first trainer with a visible Air unit across the entire bottom of the shoe.

    Christian joined Nike around 1996 when he was assigned to work on football boots. He collaborated on the Air Zoom GX project, which brought about the arrival of the brand’s first synthetic boot: the Nike Mercurial. Before Tresser, the Air Max 97 project had already got the better of two previous designers. He was given a simple message: this shoe is going to be career-defining.

    As well as having the first full-length cushioning bed, the bright reflective piping of the upper took on a unique unbroken linear style that Tresser discovered by observing the natural ripple caused by a droplet falling into water. A new sense of aesthetic smoothness was added to the Air Max range, typified by Nike’s sleek new hidden lace-up system, which makes them look slick too.

    First released in 1997, the Nike Air Max 97 launched in a Metallic Silver colorway which was inspired by the mountain bike designs of the time, featuring metallic finishes like aluminum and polished titanium. This is quite different to the commonly held belief that the design and colorway were influenced by the super-fast silver bullet trains of Tokyo that emerged in the late 90s, which were the reason the shoe was given the nickname “Silver Bullet.”

    Designed as a runner, the Air Max 97’s new ventilated mechanical style panels were made of rugged engineered mesh, making the shoe even more breathable than its predecessors. The evolutionary technology continued through the use of Nike’s first ever hidden lacing system and the novel introduction of the full-length visible Air unit. This high standard of design and material meant that the AM97 drew attention from other, more discerning audiences.

    In 1998, several luxury fashion brands featured Air Max 97s in their catwalk shows, marking them as a phenomenon and garnering acceptance into the echelons of high fashion. Along with this, the shoe felt simultaneously retro and futuristic, which goes some way to explaining why the 97s have endured to this day; they achieved the perfect balance between performance and design.

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